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Google Knows a Lot About You. Here’s How to Control It

Google Knows a Lot About You. Here’s How to Control It

Nearly everyone uses Google in some way or another. The search engine is, by far, the most common way people get answers and find content online. The margins aren’t even close, either. Currently, Google handles about 90% of search queries, while the second and third place goes to Yahoo and Bing, who share just below 5% of the search market share.

Google curates the search results on the fly based on a lot of variables including where you are located, what kind of device you are on, and your online surfing habits. This means Google is collecting a lot of information about how we use the web to give us a better experience. Let’s look at how you can control what Google knows about you to better protect your privacy.

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Arizona IT Security Tip of the Week: Taking Your Password Practices to the Next Level

Arizona IT Security Tip of the Week: Taking Your Password Practices to the Next Level

Passwords… can be annoying, if we’re being honest. They are, however, also incredibly important to your business’ overall security strategy. We’ve all heard the suggestions on how to create secure passwords. As it turns out, there is more to modern security then that. Let’s explore a few options to help you create useful passwords, and take a look why passwords are only the beginning. 

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Automation Plays a Critical Role in Cybersecurity, Says Phoenix IT Security Group

Automation Plays a Critical Role in Cybersecurity, Says Phoenix IT Security Group

Automation is sometimes misconceived as a troublesome or unreliable addition to business. It’s not about replacing people with machines, it’s about getting more done with the people you have. Having an attitude that doubts technology and believes nothing can replace human processing can quickly put you at a disadvantage compared to your competitors.

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Is 2FA Worth the Trouble? Learn More from Phoenix IT Security Consultants

Is 2FA Worth the Trouble? Learn More from Phoenix IT Security Consultants

I want to start this article out by admitting that there are a lot of active threats out there these days. There are hackers--hacking collectives, actually--that’s whole purpose is to infiltrate businesses and steal data, money, and most often, the trust people have in their technology. One way to help keep your stuff secure is by relying on two-factor authentication. 

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Some Hackers Promote Cybersecurity, Says Phoenix IT Security Consulting Group

Some Hackers Promote Cybersecurity, Says Phoenix IT Security Consulting Group

Most people have acquired much of their familiarity with what a hacker is through the mixed representation seen in pop culture today… but does this impression match up to a hacker in real life? Popular entertainment unfortunately doesn’t differentiate between different hacker types and their motivations very well, so that’s what we’ll handle here.

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How To Get Control Over Your Facebook

How To Get Control Over Your Facebook

For many, Facebook is a huge part of daily life, whether you want to think of it that way or not. There are more than two billion active users. That means if you pluck any 4 random human beings from anywhere in the world, at least one of them likely logged into Facebook today. 

It’s important to know that you still have control over your information, so in today’s blog we’re going to talk about a few ways you can take control over your online identity on the world’s largest social network.

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Learn why is URL Manipulation an IT Security Concern from Phoenix IT Consulting Firm

Learn why is URL Manipulation an IT Security Concern from Phoenix IT Consulting Firm

If you’ve spent any time using a computer, you probably know what a URL is. It is the address of a website. It typically starts with “http//:” or “https://” and directs the Internet browser on where the user would like to surf. Nowadays a threat could be created by manipulating the URL. Today, we’ll take you through this threat to help you understand why it is an IT security concern. 

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Microsoft Does Some Patching Off Schedule for IT Security

Microsoft Does Some Patching Off Schedule for IT Security

To keep your business’ network free from threats, and to keep your software working effectively, patching the software it uses is extremely important. The reason is that the threat landscape is always evolving. Recently, Microsoft announced that they have released an emergency out-of-band security update to fix two security issues, an atypical act for the software giant. In today's blog, Phoenix IT services company MyTek shares more about this important IT security update. 

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Taking a Look at the Future of Cybersecurity with Phoenix IT Security Consulting Firm

Taking a Look at the Future of Cybersecurity with Phoenix IT Security Consulting Firm

How concerned are you with your business' cybersecurity? When you envision your business in the future, do you see yourself constantly fighting cyberattacks, or paying ransom? Hopefully not, but what if cybersecurity turns into one of the most difficult parts to maintaining a steady business? Today, we will look into the future and hypothesize what your business may need to do to defend against cybercriminals. As a Phoenix IT security consulting firm, we see day-to-day the effect that cyberattacks can have on a business -- usually froms calls from business who have been attacked and need to secure their data ASAP! 

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Tip of the Week from Phoenix IT Security Company: Smartphones Security Tips

Tip of the Week from Phoenix IT Security Company: Smartphones Security Tips

If you were given the task to look up a phone number, call a business, and navigate to the new-to-you area, would you be able to without your smartphone? For some of us the answer will still be yes, for a vast majority, the answer is no. Smartphones have quickly transitioned from a calling device, to one of our most valuable tools. Shopping, navigating, video streaming, and an unbelievable amount of other capabilities are all at the palm of your hand. Learn more about smartphone security from Phoenix IT security company MyTek. 

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Cybersecurity Throughout History: A Perspective from aPhoenix IT Services Company

Cybersecurity Throughout History: A Perspective from aPhoenix IT Services Company

The way a business approaches its network security is a crucial consideration - especially to a business that is planning to have a future. This has contributed to cybersecurity becoming a multi-hundred-billion-dollar (per year) industry. In its short history, cybersecurity has had a huge impact on businesses, so we felt it would be useful to go through some of the highlights of its deployment. Here are some things you should know about IT security from Phoenix IT services company, MyTek.

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Should Big Tech Be Reined In? A Perspective from an Arizona IT Services Company

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It’s not a secret (well, not anymore) that the big tech companies have influence. These companies, that include Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook, have been in the spotlight more and more as the argument of data privacy has gotten louder and louder. Public sentiment is starting to blow back on their business model--and since, Yahoo, once the predominant name in Internet-based services, was broken up and sold to Verizon for cents on the dollar after being at the center of the largest data breach in recorded history--there have been rumblings that there has to be something done to protect the public from major publicly-traded technology companies that use individual’s data in ways that some deem unethical and post IT security risks for personal data. 

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IT Security & Passwords: Can Apps Provide Secure Password Management?

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Do you use different passwords on every account you’ve created? Are these passwords sufficiently complex? Chances are at some point you have used a repeating password. Remembering 35 different logins for 35 different applications is hard enough, so it’s not surprising that the majority of people will use the same password for many applications. Bad password practices are all too common. So, how can you fix this for greater IT Security?

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Hacking Doesn’t Take a Computer Science Degree -- IT Security More Critical Than Ever

Hacking Doesn’t Take a Computer Science Degree -- IT Security More Critical Than Ever

There’s a reason that cybercrime is so popular: it is no longer reserved for those with extensive programming knowledge to profit from. Now, according to a report by Deloitte entitled Black Market Ecosystem: Estimating the Cost of “Pwnership”, there is a complete economy built around easily accessible hacking tools that don’t require specialized knowledge to leverage. The concept of having strong IT security has taken on a whole new meaning! 

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Are You Ready for a Ransomware Resurgence and Is Your IT Security in Place?

Are You Ready for a Ransomware Resurgence and Is Your IT Security in Place?

Ransomware attacks grew less common in both 2018 and thus far in 2019 when compared to 2017. Unfortunately, recent events have made it more likely that this trend will reverse in the near future. Why is that? Simple: some municipalities have set a precedent of paying up.

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IT Services Firm MyTek Says Secure Businesses Go Beyond the Firewall for Optimal IT Security

IT Services Firm MyTek Says Secure Businesses Go Beyond the Firewall for Optimal IT Security

Some terms are thrown around like everyone knows what they are. This is especially the case with IT and technology solutions. Perhaps it’s a result of them being around for quite some time in professional environments, but it doesn’t help those who are unfamiliar with the technology. One term that we should all understand is “firewall,” as it’s omnipresent in the business sector, but it’s far from the only security solution you’ll need to guarantee safety.

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IT Security Company MyTek Says Some Employees are More Hackable than Others

IT Security Company MyTek Says Some Employees are More Hackable than Others

Habits can be a very effective way to improve your internal productivity, but others can expose your business to IT security risks. Unfortunately, there’s a good chance that your employees may have picked up the latter. This means you need to learn what to look for, so you can identify any problem areas within your business - and work to break the habits that led to these problems. Below, MyTek, an IT consultant company, discusses bad habits that can lead to these IT security risks and how to prevent them.

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What Shadow IoT is and How to Prevent IT Security Threats from Affecting Your Business's Technology

What Shadow IoT is and How to Prevent IT Security Threats from Affecting Your Business's Technology

For much of the last five years, we’ve been told that the Internet of Things was going to be the most important innovation since broadband Internet was introduced. This growth, while its largely happening under the proverbial radar, is happening. There are around seven billion “smart” devices in 2019 with expectations that it will be three times that by 2025. With that many Internet-connected devices, there are bound to be some that come with vulnerabilities, whether it comes from being designed poorly or not frequently updated with modern threat definitions. Today, we’ll take a look to see if the Internet of Things should be considered a threat to your business' IT security.

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Business IT Firm MyTek Shares SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 is Done For

Business IT Firm MyTek Shares SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 is Done For

Two of Microsoft’s most popular relational database management systems, SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 will be losing support on July 9, 2019. If your business continues to use one of these titles for its database management or business IT, you are running out of time before you need to upgrade. Today, we’ll take a brief look at what the business software is used for and what options are open to you going forward.

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IT Security Services Firm MyTek Says Your Business Needs to Prioritize Network IT Security

IT Security Services Firm MyTek Says Your Business Needs to Prioritize Network IT Security

There is one constant in the business environment, and it’s that your organization will be placed in a constant state of being at risk the second you start to make a name for yourself. What a lot of organizations don’t understand is that it doesn’t matter how high or low-profile a business is, there will always be data on a network infrastructure that is valuable to hackers and is targeted by threats.

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